Canadian diplomat makes Ukraine emergency trip as Russia threat mounts


Canada’s high diplomat will journey to Ukraine Sunday for an emergency go to to assist fend off Russian aggression as tensions mount within the area.

“The amassing of Russian troops and equipment in and around Ukraine jeopardizes security in the entire region,” mentioned Foreign Minister Melanie Joly. “These aggressive actions must be deterred.”

The week-long trip, announced Saturday, is supposed to “reaffirm Canada’s steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned.

Joly’s itinerary features a assembly with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kiev and a go to with 200 members of the Canadian army stationed in Ukraine to coach its safety forces.

The Kremlin has massed 100,000 troops alongside the Russia-Ukraine border in current months — a buildup that, the US and its NATO allies worry, might imply an imminent invasion.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal
Joly’s go to will embody a gathering with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
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American and Russian negotiators in Geneva hit a stalemate this week in talks meant to defuse the army rigidity.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna may also be included in Joly's visit.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna may be included in Joly’s go to.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned Thursday that Russia was “laying the groundwork” for a Ukraine invasion — utilizing the identical “playbook” as in its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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